Same, but different
The Fisker Karma is dead. Long live the Karma Revero. Set to be unveiled in 28 days, the updated plug-in hybrid luxury sedan is making its first official appearance courtesy of a teaser showing the design hasn’t changed all that much. While the appearance seems very familiar, Karma Automotive is promising some "huge, serious, major upgrades throughout the electronics systems, wiring, charging, and battery" compared to the model before it.
To make sure it will deliver the promised goods this time around, Karma Automotive has teamed up with BMW from where it will source the powertrain components, battery charging system, and other related hardware. Prototype production began late June, and the car will enter regular production by the end of the year. Orders are already being taken for the revised model, which carries a starting price in excess of $100,000 USD.
It will be assembled at a factory in southern California where Karma Automotive wants to make as many as 3,000 units per year. In addition, parent company Wanxiang Group is already laying the groundwork for a factory in China with a capacity of 50,000 cars per year. The smaller and cheaper Atlantic will take the lion’s share with 39,000 examples annually, while the remaining 11,000 units will be Reveros.
The Revero will feature a solar roof like the original model, but now it will generate enough energy to power the entire car. The previous-gen Toyota Prius had a solar roof, but it provided electricity only for the air conditioning and ventilation, windows, headlights, and taillights. The new Prius Prime won’t get this feature in the United States (because it can’t pass the rollover crash test), but the Prius PHV in Japan will be offered with an optional solar roof that will have enough juice to power the entire car.
Each and every single badge applied to the car is going to be hand-painted, and the company claims it’s an industry first. The interior is not shown in the attached video, but we found an image on the company’s website with the new infotainment system which will feature a "simple, intuitive, and beautiful" interface.
Look for more teasers in the weeks to come, ahead of a full reveal set for September 8.
Source: Karma Automotive